2021 Best Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings

Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking Overview

Pomona College ranked first and Claremont McKenna College ranked second in Liberal Arts Colleges rankings. The 2020 average tuition & fees of the schools is $48,567. The average acceptance rate is 45.94% and the average SAT score is 1,301. Below statements are summarizing average statistics of tuition, admission, and more academic factors for Liberal Arts Colleges. For the statistics, we include top 100 schools out of total 235 Liberal Arts Colleges.
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Best Liberal Arts Colleges Comparison Table

RankCollege NameUndergraduate Tuition & FeesGraduate Tuition & FeesSAT ScoreAcceptance RatePopulationGraduation RateStudent to Faculty Ratio
1Pomona College
Claremont, CA
$54,762-1,4657%1,57393%7 to 1
2Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA
$56,475$62,6161,43510%1,32791%8 to 1
3Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
$54,656-1,4609%1,55994%8 to 1
4Williams College
Williamstown, MA
$57,280$55,9481,48013%2,14995%6 to 1
5Barnard College
New York, NY
$57,668-1,43012%2,56292%9 to 1
6Amherst College
Amherst, MA
$58,640-1,41511%1,85595%7 to 1
7Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA
$58,660-1,53014%90292%8 to 1
8Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA
$54,830$47,4371,43019%2,22394%8 to 1
9Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME
$56,350--9%1,82895%9 to 1
10Davidson College
Davidson, NC
$52,991-1,39818%1,84391%9 to 1
11Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
$56,052-1,44522%2,53491%8 to 1
12Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA
$33,982$33,9821,33540%44289%8 to 1
13Carleton College
Northfield, MN
$57,111-1,45019%2,09792%9 to 1
14Colby College
Waterville, ME
$57,280-1,45010%2,00089%10 to 1
15Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT
$56,216-1,44515%2,61193%8 to 1
16Thomas Aquinas College
Santa Paula, CA
$25,600-1,27079%40784%11 to 1
17United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD
--1,3508%4,51292%8 to 1
18Haverford College
Haverford, PA
$56,698-1,46016%1,31090%8 to 1
19Hamilton College
Clinton, NY
$56,530-1,44516%2,00593%9 to 1
20Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
$58,770$58,7701,44524%2,45691%8 to 1
21Scripps College
Claremont, CA
$57,188$41,2861,41232%1,07190%10 to 1
22Pitzer College
Claremont, CA
$56,018--14%1,07285%10 to 1
23Colgate University
Hamilton, NY
$58,045$58,0451,41523%2,96991%9 to 1
24Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
$57,034$56,724-16%3,21792%8 to 1
25Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO
$58,086$39,408-14%2,14483%10 to 1
26Principia College
Elsah, IL
$30,190-1,11491%44780%6 to 1
27University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA
$54,690$24,9601,37528%4,00289%8 to 1
28Lafayette College
Easton, PA
$55,002-1,34531%2,64288%10 to 1
29Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
$56,818$28,2741,38036%2,81286%9 to 1
30University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Manchester, NH
$32,195$15,5051,10591%75048%10 to 1
31Berea College
Berea, KY
$44,700-1,19430%1,67368%10 to 1
32Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
$58,196$25,4121,34334%3,66890%9 to 1
33United States Military Academy
West Point, NY
--1,27012%4,58985%7 to 1
34Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
$54,354-1,45023%1,71689%9 to 1
35Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN
$56,292-1,41532%2,17491%10 to 1
36Bates College
Lewiston, ME
$55,683--12%1,83291%10 to 1
37United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, CO
--1,33511%4,33685%8 to 1
38Trinity College
Hartford, CT
$59,050$17,5001,37433%2,23583%9 to 1
39Smith College
Northampton, MA
$54,224$53,940-32%2,90389%9 to 1
40Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL
$37,700$16,8001,33085%2,94489%10 to 1
41Connecticut College
New London, CT
$56,890$13,9501,38037%1,84484%9 to 1
42St. John's College
Annapolis, MD
$35,635$19,2961,32060%52769%7 to 1
43Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
$56,576$56,5761,39037%1,93086%9 to 1
44Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
$56,322-1,31030%2,61388%8 to 1
45Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA
$54,440$45,2401,40533%1,69084%9 to 1
46Kenyon College
Gambier, OH
$58,480-1,36534%1,73091%10 to 1
47Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
$52,258$28,0501,39538%2,33583%9 to 1
48Denison University
Granville, OH
$53,830-1,30529%2,39482%9 to 1
49St Olaf College
Northfield, MN
$49,710-1,31048%3,04886%12 to 1
50College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA
$54,740-1,34534%2,93990%10 to 1
51St. John's College
Santa Fe, NM
$35,755$28,4821,36566%37161%7 to 1
52Hillsdale College
Hillsdale, MI
$28,368$24,9301,38548%1,52186%9 to 1
53Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA
$53,820-1,34556%1,47590%9 to 1
54Reed College
Portland, OR
$58,440-1,42339%1,50376%9 to 1
55Union College
Schenectady, NY
$57,324-1,32043%2,19782%10 to 1
56Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY
$57,520$29,9301,33153%1,70978%9 to 1
57Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN
$44,720-1,22064%88274%10 to 1
58Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, PA
$58,800--30%2,30985%9 to 1
59Wheaton College
Norton, MA
$54,568-1,26574%1,76075%11 to 1
60Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PA
$32,000$32,0001,18581%1,68769%11 to 1
61Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA
$45,962-1,18060%1,68579%10 to 1
62Hobart William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY
$57,030$14,7831,27366%2,24177%10 to 1
63Saint Johns University
Collegeville, MN
$46,546$17,4001,09078%1,77775%12 to 1
64Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA
$54,600-1,24566%2,34084%10 to 1
65Hope College
Holland, MI
$35,330-1,23086%3,14981%11 to 1
66Centre College
Danville, KY
$43,000-1,25576%1,43484%11 to 1
67Hendrix College
Conway, AR
$47,600$47,6001,25570%1,20871%10 to 1
68St Lawrence University
Canton, NY
$56,765$21,1941,26542%2,52284%11 to 1
69Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL
$49,488-1,22061%1,69377%11 to 1
70Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA
$53,610-1,25079%1,43581%10 to 1
71Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC
$45,710-1,27060%1,66685%11 to 1
72Furman University
Greenville, SC
$50,844$6,2251,33057%2,94783%10 to 1
73Lawrence University
Appleton, WI
$49,122-1,31562%1,46379%8 to 1
74College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN
$46,820-1,14880%1,78280%12 to 1
75DePauw University
Greencastle, IN
$51,146-1,24564%2,15684%9 to 1
76Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH
$41,800-1,22075%2,02478%11 to 1
77The University of Virginia's College at Wise
Wise, VA
$28,661-1,06559%2,06544%11 to 1
78Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN
$43,900$25,9291,15581%1,61179%9 to 1
79Bennington College
Bennington, VT
$55,950$23,975-61%81176%9 to 1
80Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA
$37,310$9,7501,15560%58559%9 to 1
81Wesleyan College
Macon, GA
$23,970$25,5331,03044%76550%8 to 1
82Allegheny College
Meadville, PA
$49,260-1,26562%1,77174%10 to 1
83Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA
$56,390--48%2,44181%9 to 1
84The King's College
New York, NY
$37,690-1,20542%55453%15 to 1
85Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
$56,498--40%2,39983%9 to 1
86The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH
$52,000-1,26555%2,00477%11 to 1
87Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine
Media, PA
$23,466$28,8941,07587%1,35171%13 to 1
88Earlham College
Richmond, IN
$47,380$20,5751,23563%1,10464%10 to 1
89Luther College
Decorah, IA
$44,070-1,14862%2,00575%11 to 1
90Meredith College
Raleigh, NC
$38,620$11,6291,12065%1,90566%11 to 1
91Rhodes College
Memphis, TN
$49,198$49,1981,32545%2,03680%10 to 1
92Agnes Scott College
Decatur, GA
$42,690$16,360-65%1,03073%10 to 1
93Austin College
Sherman, TX
$41,155$48,1651,21051%1,29972%13 to 1
94Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North Adams, MA
$19,875$6,8401,06582%1,45261%11 to 1
95Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
Merrimack, NH
$21,600-1,44094%9064%9 to 1
96Gordon College
Wenham, MA
$38,650$5,9501,18574%1,95569%11 to 1
97Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA
$22,020$11,1301,10076%33734%7 to 1
98Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
$56,036$37,484-65%2,20777%9 to 1
99Concordia College at Moorhead
Moorhead, MN
$41,566-1,15068%2,12972%12 to 1
100Emmanuel College
Boston, MA
$41,448$14,3191,17078%2,20966%13 to 1
101Ave Maria University
Ave Maria, FL
$21,854$14,5161,13585%1,12258%14 to 1
102Westmont College
Santa Barbara, CA
$46,594-1,21565%1,27779%11 to 1
103Salem College
Winston-Salem, NC
$30,266$8,2201,02580%84259%11 to 1
104Eckerd College
Saint Petersburg, FL
$46,096-1,18567%2,00666%12 to 1
105Marlboro College
Marlboro, VT
$27,485$34,070-83%14246%4 to 1
106Transylvania University
Lexington, KY
$40,210-1,21590%98770%11 to 1
107Beloit College
Beloit, WI
$51,532-1,23062%1,27575%10 to 1
108Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY
$46,926-1,12080%1,17665%10 to 1
109Spelman College
Atlanta, GA
$29,972-1,15543%2,17175%11 to 1
110Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
McMinnville, OR
$44,132-1,13582%1,37674%9 to 1
111Simpson College
Indianola, IA
$40,666$8,6331,14080%1,44472%11 to 1
112Hampshire College
Amherst, MA
$52,068--2%1,19163%10 to 1
113Willamette University
Salem, OR
$52,290$43,765-78%2,36369%11 to 1
114Blackburn College
Carlinville, IL
$23,510-1,01057%56641%11 to 1
115Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, VA
$42,550-1,14571%1,48868%11 to 1
116Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR
$52,780$17,0461,31072%3,39677%12 to 1
117College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, ME
$43,542$29,214-72%33752%9 to 1
118Millsaps College
Jackson, MS
$41,314$24,0481,18569%86572%9 to 1
119Whittier College
Whittier, CA
$49,314$14,7421,12957%1,85272%11 to 1
120Young Harris College
Young Harris, GA
$29,367$9,0001,04065%1,42542%11 to 1
121University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Kenosha, WI
$15,691$18,745-66%4,29544%19 to 1
122Hanover College
Hanover, IN
$38,750-1,13565%1,10469%12 to 1
123Albion College
Albion, MI
$48,090-1,09569%1,53370%11 to 1
124Randall University
Moore, OK
$15,920$12,14890044%31750%15 to 1
125Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, VA
$46,890-1,19057%1,07268%11 to 1
126Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA
$47,075$25,625-71%1,43378%11 to 1
127Lyon College
Batesville, AR
$29,140-1,12044%65554%10 to 1
128Stonehill College
Easton, MA
$44,420$25,000-68%2,55682%12 to 1
129Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, GA
$35,640$16,3381,21598%1,04665%13 to 1
130The University of the South
Sewanee, TN
$45,056$17,8481,24567%1,78579%10 to 1
131Drew University
Madison, NJ
$40,660$16,823-71%2,26369%11 to 1
132Central College
Pella, IA
$38,600-1,10565%1,11767%11 to 1
133Antioch College
Yellow Springs, OH
$35,964-1,20884%10278%4 to 1
134Oglethorpe University
Atlanta, GA
$39,580-1,19568%1,26448%15 to 1
135Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX
$43,560-1,23049%1,43469%12 to 1
136Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
$18,224$12,4021,07096%3,64849%16 to 1
137St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD
$31,200$21,2361,17584%1,58277%9 to 1
138University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC
$24,579$24,3451,18084%3,76259%13 to 1
139Ripon College
Ripon, WI
$45,113-1,10570%80767%12 to 1
140Emory & Henry College
Emory, VA
$35,100$26,5381,06573%1,24654%10 to 1
141Saint Vincent College
Latrobe, PA
$36,510$13,8901,13568%1,86769%11 to 1
142University of Wisconsin-Superior
Superior, WI
$15,705$18,368-82%2,60348%16 to 1
143Hollins University
Roanoke, VA
$40,010$17,8041,18571%80566%10 to 1
144American Jewish University
Los Angeles, CA
$31,946$31,846-96%168100%7 to 1
145Wartburg College
Waverly, IA
$43,930$21,9001,13075%1,49862%11 to 1
146University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
Greensburg, PA
$25,616-1,10084%1,50834%18 to 1
147Monmouth College
Monmouth, IL
$38,990-1,08067%91462%10 to 1
148Washington College
Chestertown, MD
$48,814--92%1,36773%10 to 1
149Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
$45,580-1,18963%1,42266%11 to 1
150Franklin College
Franklin, IN
$32,970$38,5711,07581%98265%11 to 1
151Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH
$47,130--67%1,56165%10 to 1
152Bloomfield College
Bloomfield, NJ
$30,310$7,84096571%1,68535%14 to 1
153Providence Christian College
Pasadena, CA
$31,846--42%17141%15 to 1
154Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI
$50,412-1,27076%1,46786%13 to 1
155Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
Bryn Athyn, PA
$24,471$21,1261,02592%30558%6 to 1
156New College of Florida
Sarasota, FL
$29,944$28,0671,27073%83764%8 to 1
157Brewton-Parker College
Mount Vernon, GA
$18,500-96596%82620%15 to 1
158Houghton College
Houghton, NY
$33,458$15,6341,19081%1,00175%11 to 1
159Saint Michael's College
Colchester, VT
$47,045$11,160-83%1,95083%13 to 1
160University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
$51,740$35,800-84%2,66676%11 to 1
161Augustana College
Rock Island, IL
$43,610--57%2,54371%12 to 1
162Goucher College
Baltimore, MD
$45,250$9,8151,14581%2,26766%10 to 1
163Williams Baptist University
Walnut Ridge, AR
$18,058-97059%49639%14 to 1
164Knox College
Galesburg, IL
$48,168-1,22068%1,33374%11 to 1
165Westminster College
Fulton, MO
$29,490-1,11096%71759%11 to 1
166Bethany Lutheran College
Mankato, MN
$28,080-1,05073%73954%12 to 1
167Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA
$37,300$11,9921,07867%1,26970%11 to 1
168Bridgewater College
Bridgewater, VA
$36,600$20,6231,07067%1,85759%14 to 1
169Cornell College
Mount Vernon, IA
$43,976-1,22362%1,02869%12 to 1
170Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA
$45,312$16,6951,12575%2,51469%11 to 1
171SUNY at Purchase College
Purchase, NY
$18,863$24,9831,16052%4,23461%14 to 1
172Lycoming College
Williamsport, PA
$41,626-1,13062%1,14267%12 to 1
173The College of Idaho
Caldwell, ID
$31,755$18,365-49%96466%10 to 1
174Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA
$49,180$49,180-72%2,39672%12 to 1
175Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Mansfield, PA
$13,162$15,9841,02096%1,62951%14 to 1
176Randolph College
Lynchburg, VA
$41,131$12,8101,07590%62651%9 to 1
177University of Minnesota-Morris
Morris, MN
$15,632-1,16557%1,55258%11 to 1
178Bethany College
Bethany, WV
$30,666$9,0861,00595%58146%10 to 1
179Fisk University
Nashville, TN
$22,132$21,8321,04093%78050%12 to 1
180Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, MN
$47,040--69%2,24178%11 to 1
181Pine Manor College
Chestnut Hill, MA
$31,660$13,310-45%42338%15 to 1
182Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA
$28,847-1,082100%2,20654%14 to 1
183Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL
$48,424$14,512-55%1,51277%12 to 1
184University of South Carolina Beaufort
Bluffton, SC
$21,776$30,1281,01563%2,11631%16 to 1
185Illinois College
Jacksonville, IL
$33,740--78%98363%13 to 1
186Saint Norbert College
De Pere, WI
$39,529$11,3631,15580%2,22873%14 to 1
187Spring Hill College
Mobile, AL
$40,648$9,2701,11350%1,37956%13 to 1
188Chowan University
Murfreesboro, NC
$25,480-88068%1,39927%16 to 1
189Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC
$39,160$54,2941,11575%1,33071%11 to 1
190Sterling College
Craftsbury Common, VT
$39,020--86%13675%7 to 1
191Southern Virginia University
Buena Vista, VA
$17,280-1,08398%1,02331%15 to 1
192Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham, AL
$18,241-1,21054%1,26869%12 to 1
193Pacific Rim Christian University
Honolulu, HI
$11,300$10,200-47%15238%13 to 1
194Roanoke College
Salem, VA
$45,434-1,15575%2,01470%11 to 1
195New Saint Andrews College
Moscow, ID
$13,150$8,8001,25598%198-13 to 1
196Judson College
Marion, AL
$18,540-1,09837%26836%5 to 1
197Wittenberg University
Springfield, OH
$40,280$8,3521,11391%1,80163%12 to 1
198Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, MI
$33,854$10,7941,10569%1,75860%11 to 1
199Albright College
Reading, PA
$25,642--85%1,93457%15 to 1
200Washington & Jefferson College
Washington, PA
$49,338$2,100-85%1,35775%11 to 1
201Doane University
Crete, NE
$35,300$7,502-71%1,00854%11 to 1
202Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, NC
$37,364$21,6821,17885%74143%10 to 1
203Guilford College
Greensboro, NC
$38,530$7,2001,07075%1,57656%12 to 1
204Grove City College
Grove City, PA
$18,470-1,25779%2,33885%13 to 1
205Marymount Manhattan College
New York, NY
$35,628-1,09080%2,06353%10 to 1
206Magdalen College
Warner, NH
$24,000--87%8394%7 to 1
207Dillard University
New Orleans, LA
$19,281-1,05039%1,30951%14 to 1
208Tougaloo College
Tougaloo, MS
$10,735$10,61186571%73650%11 to 1
209University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Chickasha, OK
$18,900-91364%85238%13 to 1
211Wells College
Aurora, NY
$30,900-1,09583%47155%9 to 1
212Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, NC
$18,784$17,79888247%1,56549%12 to 1
213Stillman College
Tuscaloosa, AL
$11,292--33%79727%15 to 1
214Bennett College
Greensboro, NC
$18,513-90059%53463%11 to 1
215Virginia Union University
Richmond, VA
$17,861$11,58085063%1,55229%16 to 1
216University of Pikeville
Pikeville, KY
$21,550$8,100970-2,31728%14 to 1
217Georgetown College
Georgetown, KY
$39,810$11,7451,16163%1,60845%11 to 1
218Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Alexandria, LA
$14,024-99556%3,16428%19 to 1
219Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO
$19,528$7,8251,09091%3,31941%18 to 1
221Virginia Wesleyan University
Virginia Beach, VA
$36,860$8,9821,06577%1,43748%12 to 1
222Bethune-Cookman University
Daytona Beach, FL
$14,814$14,10092584%3,77333%17 to 1
223East-West University
Chicago, IL
$22,650---39411%16 to 1
224Stevens-Henager College
Orem, UT
$14,585---12544%8 to 1
225University of Arizona-Sierra Vista
Sierra Vista, AZ
$33,845$32,637--429-8 to 1
226Talladega College
Talladega, AL
$13,846$16,650--1,21234%22 to 1
227Rust College
Holly Springs, MS
$9,900--50%84628%19 to 1
228Allen University
Columbia, SC
$13,340$8,900-53%74322%16 to 1
229Virginia University of Lynchburg
Lynchburg, VA
$9,000$10,136--2985%15 to 1
230University of Maine at Machias
Machias, ME
$15,116---67530%11 to 1
231Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Cheyney, PA
$16,161$20,286--46626%12 to 1
232Marymount California University
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
$36,134$14,475--76133%17 to 1
233Huntington University of Health Sciences
Knoxville, TN
$6,610$7,450--134-8 to 1
234Lane College
Jackson, TN
$11,790---1,23222%18 to 1
235University of the West
Rosemead, CA
$12,956$12,026--29117%10 to 1
236East-West University
Keshena, WI
$22,050---11-10 to 1
237Charter Oak State College
New Britain, CT
$11,166$11,007--1,641-12 to 1
Average$48,567$30,1781,30146%1,91580%10 to 1